Fabia Mater clinic in Rome, Italy uses SentryGlas® Expressions™ decorative laminated glass for internal partitions, doors and walls
Fabia Mater, a medical clinic in Rome, Italy welcomes patients and staff with images of happy, smiling children in a series of customized collages made possible by SentryGlas® Expressions™ technology for decorative glazing. The decorative glass is used throughout the ground floor in a major refurbishment of the clinic, completed in late 2004.
Fabia Mater, a medical clinic in Rome, Italy welcomes patients and staff with images of happy, smiling children in a series of customized collages made possible by SentryGlas® Expressions™ decorative glass technology. The decorative glass is used throughout the ground floor in a major refurbishment of the clinic, completed in late 2004.
The architect for this project, Lorenzo Berna, is professor of architecture and town planning at Perugia University. He said: “We used SentryGlas® Expressions™ decorative laminated glass extensively to create a reception area that is filled with soft, natural daylight, as well as in the cafeteria and administrative offices on the ground floor. Aesthetically, SentryGlas® Expressions™ technology has given this children’s clinic a bright and positive new spirit.”
Sergio Cardoni owns Green Allestimenti, a Rome-based commercial glass fitting company. His firm worked with Professor Berna to put his collage concept into glass at Fabia Mater. Cardoni said: "We first tried photographic methods, then signage, then screen printing. As soon as we read about SentryGlas® Expressions™ technology, we realized it was the solution to our needs. It means that all the diverse images the architect wanted to gather together from his work – from photos of children to abstract designs of chemical formulae - could be easily scanned by computer and assembled digitally. The CDs were sent to the fabricator and we received samples to check; when we had approved these, we sent them to the laminator.
"I am 80 years old and have been in the glass fitting business for 50 years - and I have never seen anything like SentryGlas® Expressions™. I can see our firm using this technology very extensively in airports, museums, the hospitality business and also in outdoor applications like sports arenas - not to mention shops, especially luxury goods stores where clients often want to create a special decorative effect that enforces their brand."
The large panels of decorative laminated glass incorporating SentryGlas® Expressions™ are not employed as static exhibition pieces at Fabia Mater but are integrated as dynamic structural architectural elements of the clinic. The glass panels function as internal partitions, doors and walls as well as traditional murals at various locations in the clinic’s ground floor, for example in the cheerful cafeteria.
They also double up as the door and walls to a secretary’s office (where they are the sole vehicle for natural light coming into that office) and they constitute the portal and door to a corridor leading to examination rooms.